How to Share Programs Between Computers

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Programs can be expensive but you may not have to buy another copy of a program to use it on all of your computers legally. How you use software depends on the license of the application. Even with strict licenses, it's possible to legally share you your software over multiple computers.

  • Read the license for your program. This will usually show up at the beginning of the installation and you'll have to agree to it. It will tell you how many computers at a time the software can be installed on and under what circumstances you can do this.

  • Uninstall the software from the first computer, if you are not allowed to use it on more than one computer at a time. You can reinstall later after you uninstall it from the second computer. This can be a pain, but it is one way to do it legally, unless the license forbids this. Some licenses may limit the number of times you can install the program or how often you can switch between computers, if at all.

  • Purchase a second license, if the license allows only one computer to run the program at a time and you don't want to uninstall it. You may be able to buy multiple licenses at a discount.

  • Copy your document files that are associated with the program onto the second computer or a shared drive for both to access. This will let you use your data on both computers with the program.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can usually install free software on many computers, but not always.
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